The Analog is the monthly newsletter of the Central Texas Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. New issues are published around the first of each month.  The deadline for inclusion of material is the 26th of the month.  Send submissions, comments, questions to John Purvis, Editor, john.purvis@ieee.org. Archives of The Analog can be found on the CTS web site here.


You can always check on all of the upcoming Central Texas Section activities here


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From the Central Texas Section Chair

The Central Texas Section was honored last month at the Region 5 Annual meeting with the 2014 Outstanding Large Section award. This honor goes to all the members of the Section, congratulations to all of you. Please join me in congratulating Fawzi Behman who received the 2014 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Member award.

Call for nominations

It's time for the nominating process to begin for chapter officers for next year. Nominations for chapters and affinity groups should go to the chairman of the group. The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Operations Manual states that all chapter officers are elected annually. The term of office will date from 1 January through 31 December. Each member of the Chapter Committee shall be an IEEE member of Graduate Student Member, Member, Senior Member or Fellow grade and a member of the parent Society. Elections should take place during the chapter November meeting. If the chapter does not have a meeting scheduled for November then the election should take place during the meeting prior to November.

The Chapter Elections process is specified in the MGA Operations Manual, section 9.6.F Chapter Election Process ( it can be found at here ).

Kenny Rice
Chairman, Central Texas Section
krice@ieee.org

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Membership Development

myIEEE Membership Portal
myIEEE is a members personalized gateway into IEEE membership. Log in today (IEEE Web Account required) for a comprehensive view of IEEE membership and the latest IEEE has to offer.  See http://www.ieee.org/myieee
  • View a quick summary of the latest IEEE news and activities
  • Access your individual Society memberships and subscriptions
  • Connect with your local IEEE Section and volunteer leadership
  • Find upcoming conferences in your technical area
  • Learn more about individual benefits
  • Read the latest news from IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Standards News, and The Institute
  • View special-interest programs on IEEE.tv

Not an IEEE member and have been waiting to join?
Join now with ½ year dues!  Join IEEE and receive 9 months of membership for the price of six.  If you have been away from IEEE for more than a year, you can re-join for half price!

Did you know about IEEE
IEEE Young Professionals Webinar - The IEEE offers webinars for members on topics related to professional development, humanitarian efforts, and technical knowledge.  Periodically, there is a free webinar on a new topic.  Examples of past webinars that are available for immediate viewing are:
  • Technology in Humanitarian Framework  This webinar presented insights into the role of engineers in addressing global humanitarian challenges. The author presented the importance of technology-based humanitarian programs and discussed various avenues offered by IEEE to drive technology-based development for addressing challenges in the humanitarian space.
  • IEEE ResumeLab This webinar highlighted a new offering for IEEE Members.  IEEE ResumeLab is an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates..

For more information and a listing of  available recorded Webinars, check here.

Joe Redfield
CTS Membership Development Chair
J.Redfield@ieee.org
210-744-2968

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News of Interest to the Section

IEEE-USA’s Free E-Book in May Focuses on What it Takes to be an Innovator
Written by Gus Gaynor, the book describes the requirements innovators must have:

* “Skills” -- communication, leadership & facility in project management being the three major ones

* “Attitude” -- agile, accurate integrity, proactive & reliable, among others, but no innovator will possess them all

* “Knowledge base” -- aids the innovator in meeting objectives & includes primary discipline of interest, marketing, decision making & effectiveness

* “Challenges” -- Gaynor calls resistance to change, rejection of new thinking, focusing on system issues & rigid organization structures “subtle innovation killers”

“Doing Innovation happens when freedom is allowed,” Gaynor says. “With discipline, a formal but not rigid process exists for introducing new products and services, and when innovators meet the skills, characteristics, attitudes and knowledge to satisfy the requirements for potential innovation.”

IEEE-USA’s “Doing Innovation” e-book series also includes “Perspective on Innovation,” “Develop a Workable Innovation Process” and “Fostering an Innovative Culture.”

From 1 May to 15 June, you can get “Doing Innovation -- Book 4: What It Takes To Be an Innovator” free to download here.

Texas Board of Professional Engineers Ethics Webinars
The next ethics webinars are June 4, 2015 and September 2, 2015.  Each event is limited to 1,000 attendees.  Registration links for all webinars are posted at:  http://engineers.texas.gov/webinar one month prior to each event.

Forget Harvard: Here's Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job [Our own St. Mary's University in San Antonio is in the top 10]
Want a prestigious education? Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are the way to go. But if you're looking for a high-paying career after graduation, you may want to look elsewhere.

A new study from the the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program ranks two- and four-year colleges based on economic outcomes for graduates—and none of the Ivy League even makes it to the top 10 for the four-year institutions. This is the data that the U.S. News and World Report rankings won't tell you.

Read more . . .

Austin ranks among tops in the nation for tech jobs, report states
Austin has been named the 9th best place in the nation for tech jobs, one of only two Texas cities mentioned in the top 25.
The report comes from NerdWallet, which examined the nation’s largest 370 metropolitan areas by the size of the tech industry, the income for tech jobs and the cost-of-living.

Read more . . .


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Call for Volunteers

Central Texas Discover Engineering
Central Texas Discover Engineering really needs help from our volunteers to finish out this school year and meet the rest of our requests from schools!

Consider grabbing a friend or co-worker and visiting one of the NINE schools remaining. Let’s NOT let them down. PLEASE consider helping with one of these. All you need to do is email volunteer@centexeweek.org letting us know what school you want to visit. Check out the map for location, grades for the visit, and more info. School visits can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.  The basic info is in http://www.centexeweek.org/volunteers under "3. Plan Your Visit".

Grab a school:
  1. Hudson Bend Middle School
  2. Bedichek Middle School
  3. Belton High School
  4. Gullett Elementary
  5. Kiker Elementary School
  6. KIPP Austin Leadership Elementary
  7. Lamar Middle School
  8. Palm Elementary
  9. Reilly Elementary


Continuing Education


IEEE Provided
Spectrum Tech Insider Webinars
Learn from industry experts about latest technology advances via our free Tech Insider Webinars. This page lists upcoming and available 'on demand' Tech Insider webinars. All the live webinars are archived and are available on demand for 12 months. IEEE members can also earn PDH certificates for each webinar.
Computer Society Webinars
Register now for our latest free live technical webinars. Or check out our past webinars at your convenience.  See this site  for more information.
Computer Society 2014 Professional Development Courses
Expand your knowledge base by taking a professional development course in your area of technical interest. Half-day webcast formats (3.5 hours) enable you to quickly get up to speed in a specific technology area without leaving your desk. And each are at a low cost of $49. For a limited time, sign up for three courses and receive the fourth one for free.  See the list of training courses.
ComSoc Training
See this calendar  for a list of upcoming courses.
Other learning opportunities
IEEE e-Learning Library
IEEE Online Education Portal
IEEE-USA Webinars (attendees can earn professional development hours -- PDHs)

Other Sources
CodeAcademy
Learn to code interactively for free

Corsea.org
A web site that provides an aggregate of university course offerings. Their tag line is "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free." They have 16 course categories, most in technology areas from 16 major universities. 

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. More can be learned here.

Saylor.org: Free Education
The tag line of the Saylor website is "Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free." Although Saylor.org does not grant degrees, students can download a certificate of completion for successfully passing the exam at the end of each course. There are thirteen areas of study that visitors can choose to explore, including Computer Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering.

University of Texas Professional Development
UT Center for Lifelong Education provides several courses (these are NOT free). The list can be found here.

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Career

Articles of possible interest

CTS Job listing
The Central Texas Section receives job postings from time to time. These are posted on the Section Web site. If you have a job to post to the site, send the information to cts-webmaster@ieee.org

IEEE ResumeLab
IEEE members have a new tool to help gain a competitive edge in the employment process. IEEE ResumeLab is a new online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using specialized tools tailored for each step of the job seeking process. This new product is added to the list of offerings that assist members as they find jobs and develop their careers.

The IEEE Job Site
The IEEE Job Site has undergone a makeover with new features and easier navigation to better serve IEEE members. Its still easy for IEEE members or IEEE member job seekers to conduct job searches or create and upload a resume, but with the use of HTML5 technology, the site boasts a cleaner layout and crisp contemporary design making the IEEE Job Site more user-friendly.

The IEEE-USA Career Manager is organized into eight categories designed to help you manage and advance in your career:

* Career Management Interactive Workshop
* Salary Service
* Consulting and Entrepreneurship
* Professional Development Webinars
* Employment Assistance and Job Search
* IEEE Online Distance Learning
* E-Book Library
* IEEE.tv


Report of Student Activities at the R5 Conference
Members of four IEEE student branches attended the 2015 Region 5 Conference in New Orleans, April 17-19.  University of Texas at Austin students participated in the circuit design, ethics, and robotics competitions.  Texas State University students participated in the participated in the robotics competition.  Trinity University students participated in the ethics competition.  UTSA students brought a robot but were not quite able to have it ready for competition on Saturday. 

The Trinity team of Madeline Yin and Cameron McKay took second place in the ethics competition and a $300 check for the team.  The UT team of Haley Alexander and Josh Frazor took third place in the circuit design competition and a $100 check for the UT branch.

See 2015_R5_student_pics_mod for the full report with pictures.
Ron Seaman
San Antonio Vice Chair and
rseaman@ieee.org


Young Professional's Voice: Diary of a YP
Pursing an engineering career is no easy feat. It takes dedication, discipline and determination. It’s not for everyone.

It was that raw challenge that enticed me to study engineering in the first place. My appetite for challenge, coupled with my passion for technology, has helped me to achieve several accomplishments already in my early career.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), in May 2012. Upon graduation, my first job was working for the Department of Defense, where I specialized in directed energy weapons. I have always been fascinated by the defense industry. I thought it would not only be challenging, but exciting as well.

I attribute my deep passion for technology primarily from my grandfather’s influence.  He exposed me to high technology early on in my life.  My grandfather was a physicist, engineer, and a successful businessman — who started several companies in the Silicon Valley.

Ever since I was a child, I found the numerous stories my grandfather would tell me about the beginnings of transistors, and other technologies, fascinating. Sometimes, he would take me to his labs to meet engineers who worked for him.

So, it was no surprise to family or friends when I co-founded my own tech company — Lion Mobile LLC — 15 years later, in August 2013.  Since its founding, my business partner, Fabio Gomez, and I have grown the company to a team of 10 in just under two years, and have developed several mobile applications, including the popular wine app called, “unWine.”

I always knew I wanted to start a company. Something just did not feel right to me about going to work every day and focusing on one thing. Anything could happen to my day job, so it just made sense to leverage my passion and create my own technology on the side. Some people play golf when they aren’t working — I start companies.

I also continue to be heavily involved with organizations related to my field of study, like IEEE/IEEE-USA. Currently, I serve as the IEEE Region 5 Young Professionals chair, and I sit on IEEE-USA's Board of Directors as its Young Professionals Representative. It is safe to say that my career is on a great trajectory, but I am quick to remind people that my beginnings didn't necessarily portend my current path. I was not a stellar student, I just gravitated toward challenges.  And I was confident enough to take risks and try to do things in a different way.

While attending college, I became extremely busy taking care of my sister and family, working as a bartender, and running my own math tutoring business on the side. I was so busy I never had the time to pursue any internships — except of course, at the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA has a rigorous interviewing process, one that includes extensive background checks and polygraph tests. To me, it seemed intriguing, so I went for it.

After a six- to eight-month process, NSA turned me down for the internship. My counterpart, with the 4.0 GPA, got the opportunity. And that was the last internship I ever pursued…

I simply didn’t have the time — I was entering my senior year of college. My final year of college required me to design a prototype — a capstone requirement common to all engineer majors. So, I ran for the president’s position for UTSA’s IEEE Association. This decision was a key point in my life,  and would contribute many factors to my future career path.

As president of UTSA IEEE, my vision was to reignite the organization. Several seniors that have been running this organization had already graduated, so I recruited and developed a team of 10 officers, including myself.

My senior year of college was intense. I knew what needed to be done, so I focused on that. IEEE was sort of an outlet, because it was another opportunity to work with a team with a common goal. Because I had never had an internship, I honestly had no clue what I would be doing as an engineer in the real world.

Perhaps, the reason my last year in school was so intense, was because I made it that way.  A Center of Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) competition caught my eye. This competition awarded teams of up to $100k for their prototype — to start a business. Originally, my team and I had our sights set on this prize award — but another unique opportunity appeared before our eyes.

Our professor handpicked our team out of our entire class to work with his former colleague, someone who had some intellectual property and needed a prototype. The idea was to develop a prototype that could monitor health care providers, i.e., doctors and nurses, and determine whether or not they put on their personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, etc.).  The justification behind this idea was to fight the spread of nosocomial infections in hospitals; that is, the spread of diseases that you acquire when you have a hospital stay. It was a challenge, and my team and I accepted it.  After several months, we were not only successful; we were also the first team out of the entire class to finish our prototype.

Upon graduation, I pursued landing my first job. While most of my peers had already signed with a company before graduating, I spent most of my senior-year energy completing my senior design project, and leading the IEEE UTSA Association. Perhaps this ability to focus was part of the reason why my senior design team finished first, but I also had previous experience with team-building that could have helped. I participated in a many high school sports, specifically football, and I attribute these experiences to my ability to work so well on, and with, teams.

Having a team is not going to get you anywhere if the team doesn’t have a purpose. More importantly, the people on the team need to leverage their strengths and passions. That’s the key to receiving maximum productivity out of your team.  I learned this skill early on playing sports in school, and I transcended it, when I joined IEEE, and co-founded a company.

In addition to seeking employment as an engineer, I started exploring other interests. I have always had a passion for aviation, so I decided to apply to the U.S. Air Force, to see if I could get a pilot slot, and then weigh my options.  That summer after graduation, when I wasn’t applying and interviewing with companies, I studied instrument flight and took flying lessons at the local airport.

I ended up interviewing with Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and National Instruments. Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics gave me offers.  I ended up accepting a position in San Antonio, Texas, as a research engineer for General Dynamics, where I specialized in directed energy weapons, specifically, RF Bio-Effects.

Presented with this new challenge, I set aside my passion for flying, and focused on having a positive impact at General Dynamics. After a year there, I earned their Distinguished Performance Award for markedly improving IR camera control, target recognition and data acquisition — enabling significant cost reduction to evaluate dosimetry and behavioral effects.

At this point, I had an epiphany.  Since I was a child, I had been moving non-stop, like a speeding train that circles the globe, with no end in sight. I had been finding challenges, and succeeding through them — without even taking time to stop and think. After receiving this award at General Dynamics, my train finally came to a rest, and I reflected.

I realized all of my accomplishments had a common denominator — people. From football, to IEEE, to senior design, and my first job out of college, part of my success came from having effective people in my network. The other part of my success was my ability to be effective with my network — knowing how to work with people on teams; understanding people’s strengths and passions; and bringing the best out of everyone around me.

With a widened perspective, I was now interested in two things: expanding my network even more; but more importantly, using my insight to help other engineers be successful. Not knowing where to turn, I received an email from National Instruments, the only company that didn’t give me an initial job offer, about a large conference they were hosting in Austin, Texas. Ironically, at my current job, I leveraged a lot of National Instrument’s hardware and software, specifically LabVIEW, and became very proficient with it. That proficiency enabled me to complete my projects very quickly, helping me earn that Distinguished Performance Award at General Dynamics. I decided to go to this weeklong conference.

While attending, I stumbled upon an IEEE booth. I had not been active since graduating more than a year prior. So, I approached the booth and introduced myself. I began to explain my IEEE college background, and then expressed my interest in public speaking.  I asked if there were any avenues within IEEE that would help me jumpstart this new interest. The folks at the booth told me about an available IEEE volunteer position that could potentially spark my public speaking interest, and asked me to meet with the rest of the IEEE team for Central Texas. I ended up going to their meeting, where they asked him to serve as the IEEE Young Professionals chair for Central Texas. I accepted. It was another opportunity to be with a team that was passionate about technology, so I couldn’t resist.

A year after accepting this position, I reinvigorated this Young Professionals Affinity Group, and grew this leadership team from one to four volunteers. We successfully organized several large events. One of the most successful was the first IEEE Young Professionals Event at Austin’s popular annual conference, South by Southwest (SXSW).  I also began speaking at various IEEE Student Branches, including my alma mater.

Devon speaking to students at the University
of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

My IEEE local Section sent me to IEEE conferences and meetings to represent them. In 2014, I attended the IEEE Sections Congress in Amsterdam, a triennial gathering of IEEE grassroots leaders — to participate in training programs, network with other Section leaders, and develop recommendations to guide the future of IEEE. It was a unique opportunity to be able to attend the IEEE Sections Congress. A year prior, I was a new college graduate, and now here I was across the Atlantic Ocean — in a room filled with 1,000 engineers from 90 different countries — including the inventors of the insulated gate bio polar transistor, MATLAB and fiber optics.

In addition, I threw my energy into the local section — all the way up to the global level — where I actively participated on the IEEE Young Professionals Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Committee. In 2014, I spoke at, and participated as a panelist, at the Toronto Section’s Technical Entrepreneurship Mini-Conference.

I currently serve on the IEEE-USA Board as the Young Professionals Representative, where I collaborate and liaison with both IEEE-USA and the Young Professionals Affinity Group.  I also serve as the Region 5 Young Professionals Chair, and I am responsible for overseeing all of the local Young Professionals Affinity Groups in region 5.   All of these activities and opportunities began, simply because I approached an IEEE booth with an inquisitive drive to seek public speaking opportunities.

My message is to try many different things — sooner rather than later. It will help you be more dynamic. I also encourage you to apply this same mindset to your network, by mixing it up. Don’t have one type of network — have many types — and try many different things to diversify your network. This diversity will help you create unique opportunities for yourself.

We now live in a world that enables you to do more with your life. Focusing on one thing for the majority of your life is traditional, limited thinking. Embrace the growth mindset, strive to be dynamic! People and technology enable you to do more — so leverage it…

Figure out how you can leverage your strengths and passions to provide value to the world.

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Devon Ryan is IEEE-USA’s Young Professionals Voice columnist, and the Young Professionals Representative on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. Follow him on Twitter @DevonRyanI.


Tips, Tools and Gadgets

Happy Star Wars Day! (You know, today is May 4th - - May the Force be with you).

I cam across this iOS App that may be of interest to those of you planning a vacation over the summer. City Maps 2Go Pro is an offline Map and travel guide. This $4.99 App can be particularly valuable if you are traveling outside of the US this summer. They claim that CityMaps2Go is Your reliable and easy-to-use global travel companion. Detailed offline maps, in-depth travel content, popular places, and insider tips. Plan and have the perfect trip!

I wish I had found it before traveling to New Orleans earlier this month for the Region 5 conference. I will be looking forward to trying it out on any future trips.

If you have comments, or suggestions as to something I should mention in a future issue, please let me know at john.purvis@ieee.org.  I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. 

John Purvis III P.E.
john.purvis@ieee.org
http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com
IEEE Senior Member, Past Section Chair, Analog Editor


Student Branches and Activities

St Mary's University - San Antonio (http://engineering.stmarytx.edu/ieee/)
Faculty Adviser: Djaffer Ibaroudene, email: dibaroudene@stmarytx.edu
Branch Chair: Stephanie Shu, email: sshu@mail.stmarytx.edu

Texas State University - San Marcos
Faculty Adviser: Larry Larson, email: Larry.Larson@txstate.edu
Branch Chair: Kyle Paul, email: kp1352@txstate.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TXST.IEEE

Trinity University - San Antonio
Faculty Adviser: Farzan Aminian, email: faminian@trinity.edu
Branch Chair: Niti Nararidh, email: nnararid@trinity.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TrinityIEEE

University of Texas at Austin (http://ieee.ece.utexas.edu/)
Faculty Adviser: Sriram Vishwanath, email: sriram@ece.utexas.edu
Branch Chair: Josh Frazor, email: chair@ieeeut.org
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ieeeut

University of Texas at San Antonio (http://ieeeutsa.com/)
Faculty Co-Adviser: Paul Morton, email: PaulMorton@utsa.edu
Faculty Co-Adviser: Lars Hansen, email: Lars.Hansen@utsa.edu
Branch Chair: Patrick Stockton, email: pstockton@ieee.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieeeutsa

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Useful IEEE Links

IEEE

IEEE-USA

IEEE Region 5

IEEE Central Texas Section

What's New at IEEE

SocietyNews from IEEE

IEEE Regional News

     

Call for Papers

IEEE Standards Association

IEEEXplore - full text access to IEEE Publications

The Spectrum Online - The Magazine for Technology Insiders

IEEE: The Bridge - IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)'s signature publication, an interactive digital magazine published three times a year.

IEEE Member Newsletter http://theinstitute.ieee.org


Other Region 5 Section Newsletters


Conferences, Meetings and Events

Local IEEE Conferences, Events or Workshops

  • May 17-20, 2015: 2015 10th System of Systems Engineering Conference (SoSE)
    Hilton Palacio del Rio
    San Antonio, TX, USA
    Full Paper Submission deadline: 01 Feb 2015
    Final submission deadline: 20 Apr 2015
    Notification of acceptance date: 12 Mar 2015
    http://sosengineering.org/2015/

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (PPC)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX

  • May 31 thru June 4, 2015: 2015 IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE)
    Hilton Austin
    500 East 4th Street
    Austin, TX

  • September 23, 2015: Rock Stars of Wearables
    Attend the IEEE Computer Society’s Rock Stars of Wearables, where you’ll learn from top industry experts who are driving this disruptive technology.  This one-day event will be packed with real-world experience and actionable solutions that address both technology and business problems – plus the opportunity to network over lunch and cocktails and receive an approved 8 hours of PDH credit.

    Wednesday, September 23rd at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin
    Click HERE to register today—Regular pricing is $499 for non-members, $429 for members, but current early discount pricing gets you $100 OFF—and if you enter promo code RSW-CT50 – receive an additional $50 discount!  (That means a total savings of $150!)

  • November 2-6, 2015: International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
    ICCAD is the premier forum to explore emerging challenges, present cutting-edge R&D solutions, record theoretical and empirical advances, and identify future roadmaps for design automation. More information about the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design can be found at  https://iccad.com/

  • November 15-20, 2015: 2015 SC - International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
    Austin Convention Center

  • October 23-26, 2016: 2016 IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium (CSICS)


Non-IEEE Meetings and Events of interest suggested by the membership

See the Door64 calendar for other local tech events
Texas Tech Pulse Calendar of Texas High Tech Events

Second & Fourth Friday of evey month: TechRanch Austin, Campfire
Come join our entrepreneurial community every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Want to connect and network with local tech entrepreneurs? Validate your business idea? Interested in getting more involved with Tech Ranch? Come out for a Campfire!

Campfire is all about connecting you to the larger tech startup community. Every 2nd and 4th Friday at 3:30 PM, we gather interesting, accomplished people from across Austin’s vast entrepreneur ecosystem so you can get the introductions, insight, and help you need to move your business forward, while also helping others.

May 2, 2015: BSides San Antonio
Doors Open at 9:15AM
Talks start at 9:45
Texas A&M - San Antonio
Brooks City Base
http://bsidestexas.blogspot.com/p/san-antonio-april-2013.html

May 16-17, 2015: Austin Mini Maker Fair
Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you'll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Events and Information

Texas Girls Collaborative Project

The TxGCP Google Group is the best way to be connected in your region with all things K12 STEM - are you connected to the conversation? Join the group in your region of Texas - http://txgcp.org/k12-stem-outreach-google-group/.

TryEngineering.org

IEEE’s online engineering education resource for pre-university educators, parents and students, is now available in a new mobile-friendly format.  Visitors can now access the TryEngineering content they love, anywhere, any time on virtually any device including desktops, tablets and smart phones.

Starry Sky Austin

Starry Sky Austin is an educational astronomy program for all. The mission of Starry Sky Austin is to share the enthusiasm and knowledge of the universe with others and in doing so, bring about a sense of wonder and appreciation for our universe. Starry Sky Austin offers programming, stargazing classes, Girl Scout badges, and other exciting ways to get everyone curious about astronomy through an informal approach.

CODE@TACC  

The mission of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), at the University of Texas at Austin, is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. TACC offers STEM programming for students of all ages, building the pipeline for the next generation of innovators. CODE@TACC (Jr. SCI) is a two-week, summer program that exposes rising high school juniors and seniors to a variety of STEM careers by teaching the principles of high performance computing. TACC's K-12 Education Programs Coordinator and FabFem, Mariel Robles, is passionate about increasing the understanding and appreciation of STEM careers as well as promoting gender equity and minority participation in science and engineering. Applications for CODE@TACC open Winter 2015. Stay connected to TACC through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Local Chapter Activities

The IEEE is organized into Societies and Special Interest Groups.  The full list as well as a link to join each can be found here.  The Central Texas Secion has several Society and  Special Interest Group Chapters with their own local activities as listed below. Note that some Joint Chapters represent more than one Society.

You can subscribe to an RSS feed of all Central Texas Section meetings that have been scheduled through vTools here

Click Meetings to see the next 180 days of planned CTS activity.

The Central Texas Section Chapters
AP Antennas and Propagation Society
CAS Circuits and Systems Society
CEDA Council on Electronic Design Automation
COM Communications Society - Austin | San Antonio
CN Consultant's Network
CPMT Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society
C Computer Society - Austin | San Antonio
ED Electron Devices Society
E Education Society
EMB Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
GOLD GOLD has been rebranded as the Young Professionals
IA Industry Applications Society
IE Industrial Electronics Society
IM Instrumentation and Measurement Society
PHO Photonics Society
LM Life Members - Austin | San Antonio
MTT Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
PEL Power Electronics Society
PE Power & Energy Society - Austin | San Antonio
PSE Product Safety Engineering Society
SMC Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
SP Signal Processing Society - Austin | San Antonio
SSC Solid-State Circuits Society
TMC Technology Management Council - Austin | San Antonio
WIE Women in Engineering
YP
Young Professionals

Antennas & Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques (AP/MTT)

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Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

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  Join CTS CEDA on LinkedIn

NOTE: Being a member of the following IEEE Societies makes you eligible to be a member of CEDA: AP, CAS, C, ED, MTT and SSC. However, you need to go to the IEEE web site and sign in to be added as a FREE member of CEDA. See this PDF for detailed instructions.

The CEDA chapter normally meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. If you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.

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Joint Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits (CAS/SSC)

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The joint Circuits & Systems/Solid State Circuits Societies normally meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties. Additional details will be posted at the website. IIf you have any questions about this meeting or this group, please contact zhuoli@ieee.org.
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Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT)

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Computer Society (C)

Austin Chapter Web site


Topic/Title Leadership Improv
Speaker Glenn Stephens & Leslie Martinich
Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer-facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.

Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career.
Abstract Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader-employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.
Date/Time 21-May-2015
6:00 to 6:20 pm - Networking
6:20 to 6:30 pm - Introduction
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 to 8:00 pm - Networking
Location AT&T Labs Room Number: #220
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Registration  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490
Notes This is a joint meeting between Austin ComSoc/SP, Austin Computer Society, TEMS, WIE and Education Soc


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San Antonio Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title New CS Programs at St. Mary’s
Speaker Dr. Ayad Barsoum of St. Mary’s University
Abstract Dr. Ayad Barsoum of St. Mary’s University will talk about the new Computer Science programs at the University.
Date/Time May 19, 2015 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am
Location Room: Alumni Conference Room
Bldg: University Center
St. Mary’s University
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas
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Central Texas Consultants Network Affinity Group

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Topic/Title Economic, Social, and Political Impact of Low Oil Prices
Speaker Darrell Word of D. R. Word Assoiciates
Speaker Bio Dr. Word received BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He worked at the UT-Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory (EERL) and the Electrical Geophysics Research Laboratory (EGRL) for 10 years, doing research in low frequency EM fields associated with the Earth System and on instrumentation and methodologies for various EM applications such as submarine detection, communications, and electrical geophysics. He also has served as an adjunct professor in the UT- ECE Department from time to time. In 1970, he was a partner and co-founder of Geotronics Corporation of Austin, providing electrical geophysics instrumentation and methodologies and exploration services for oil and mining companies. Since 1990, Dr. Word has operated a private consulting firm, D. R. Word Associates, working in a wide range of fields, including instrumentation, signal processing, electromechanical and control systems, communication and telemetry, radio navigation, EM related applications, electrical geophysics, etc.; and he is occasionally involved in certain aspects of AC power engineering. With strengths in math and physics, his consulting work tends to focus on problems requiring extended theoretical analysis and fundamental principle.
Abstract The presentation will offer a perspective on recent happenings in the oil industry and interrelated economy and will discuss some of the main perturbations and changes, including substantial changes in the domestic retail price of gasoline. Needless to say, the oil industry is an important and influential player in our overall economy, and changes have both positive and negative impacts on most all human activity. We will attempt to recognize some of the greater social and political impacts, and particularly to identify the principal causes of the recent period of much reduced prices in gasoline motor fuel. The Speaker brings some useful experience with the exploration, drilling and production aspects of the oil industry; and although he has opinions, he makes no claim to be a notable authority on the oil economy. The discussion includes some special focus on technological advancements that have played a major roll in recent improvements in oil production. Opinions are given on effects related to the economy.

Round Table Discussion: The intent of this presentation is to first offer the foregoing introductory discussion of the subject, and then the Speaker will host a general group discussion by the audience for the remaining available time. All experiences and opinions are welcome, and this is hoped to be a mutual learning experience for all.
Date/Time 27-May-2015
6:00 to 6:30pm -- Networking
6:30 to 8:30pm -- Business and Program
Location PoK-e-Jo's Smokehouse
2121 West Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village Ave.
Austin, Texas
Cost $5.00 minimum cost for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost. Reservations are not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Reservations https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34483
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EducationSociety (E)

Topic/Title Leadership Improv
Speaker Glenn Stephens & Leslie Martinich
Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer-facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.

Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career.
Abstract Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader-employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.
Date/Time 21-May-2015
6:00 to 6:20 pm - Networking
6:20 to 6:30 pm - Introduction
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 to 8:00 pm - Networking
Location AT&T Labs Room Number: #220
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Registration  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490
Notes This is a joint meeting between Austin ComSoc/SP, Austin Computer Society, TEMS, WIE and Education Soc

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC)

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Electron Devices Society (ED)

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMB)

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Young Professionals (YP/GOLD) Affinity Group

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Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IM)

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Photonics Society (PHO)

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For more information, contact Mikhail Belkin

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Life Members (LM) Affinity Group

Life members must be at least 65 years of age and have been a member of IEEE or one of its predecessor societies for such a period that the sum of his/her age and his/her years of membership equals or exceeds 100 years. When an individual achieves Life member (LM) status, their basic membership dues and Region assessments are waived on 1 January of the year following attainment of LM status.

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Power and Energy Society - Austin (PE/PEL/IA/IE)

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Topic/Title The Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) and its Applications
Speaker William C. Alexander
Abstract The Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) is a new approach to electronic power conversion and is essentially a buck-boost (or fly-back) converter but with an AC operated inductor. Such converters have formerly been limited to low power levels, but the PPSA has been demonstrated to over 60 kW, with much higher power levels possible. Key to this much higher power capability is the AC inductor, which accommodates indirect power transfer, very soft switching, including zero voltage turn-off, zero voltage turn-on, and soft reverse recovery. AC power switches such as bi-directional IGBTs and bi-directional bi-polar junction transistors point the way to full power conversion efficiencies over 98%. Applications include single and three phase AC to DC and AC to AC, as well as multi-port applications.
Date/Time May 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 6:30 PM
Social 6:30 to 7:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Business Meeting 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Program 9:00 PM room closes for the benefit of long distance drivers and early risers
Location El Gallo Mexican Restaurant, 512-444-2205 2910 S Congress, Austin, Texas
Cost • IEEE Members and accompanying spouses: $11 to $17 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• Visitors (non-IEEE members): $14 to $20 for dinners ($5 non-meal participants)
• IEEE Student Members: $3 for dinner (no charge for non-meal participants)
• Student Visitors (non-IEEE members): $6 to $10 for dinners ($2 non-meal participants)
• All: $2 for non-alcoholic beverages
• A bar is available for those who care to purchase a beer or other alcoholic beverage
Reservations  If you plan on attending, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to ieee.pi2.austin@zxtech.net.
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Power and Energy Society - San Antonio (PE)

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Product Safety Engineering Society (PSE)

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Joint Signal Processing/Communications Society (COM/SP)

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Topic/Title Leadership Improv
Speaker Glenn Stephens & Leslie Martinich
Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer-facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.

Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career.
Abstract Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader-employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.
Date/Time 21-May-2015
6:00 to 6:20 pm - Networking
6:20 to 6:30 pm - Introduction
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 to 8:00 pm - Networking
Location AT&T Labs Room Number: #220
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Registration  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490
Notes This is a joint meeting between Austin ComSoc/SP, Austin Computer Society, TEMS, WIE and Education Soc



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Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (SMC)

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For further information, contact David Akopian david.akopian@utsa.edu

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Technology Management Council (TMC)

Austin Chapter Web Site

Topic/Title Leadership Improv
Speaker Glenn Stephens & Leslie Martinich
Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer-facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.

Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career.
Abstract Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader-employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.
Date/Time 21-May-2015
6:00 to 6:20 pm - Networking
6:20 to 6:30 pm - Introduction
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 to 8:00 pm - Networking
Location AT&T Labs Room Number: #220
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Registration  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490
Notes This is a joint meeting between Austin ComSoc/SP, Austin Computer Society, TEMS, WIE and Education Soc

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about the Austin TMC.

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Women in Engineering Affinity Group (WIE)

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Topic/Title Leadership Improv
Speaker Glenn Stephens & Leslie Martinich
Glenn Stephens is a software engineer, project manager and digital online marketer for over 25 years. He has worked at IBM, Novell, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor. He managed internet business strategy and development of customer-facing applications including enterprise web site content, mobile applications, web analytics, eCommerce, and marketing and sales force lead automation platforms. Mr. Stephens is recognized and celebrated as an exceptional manager and mentor in the business world. He is a natural communicator and uses his skills to distill big picture ideas into actionable goals.  While juggling the demands of his executive role, he remained focused on nurturing the skills of his expansive team.

Leslie Martinich is a software engineer and executive in the software industry.  She is a noted author and expert in technology leadership and innovation.  She is an invited speaker to international conferences and executive education programs. Her recent eBook is My Career, Your Career.
Abstract Do you want your boss to have better leadership skills?  Come join us (and bring your boss if you like) for a free Leadership Improv class!  Borrowing techniques from the world of improv comedy and using scenarios directly from the tech industry, Glenn Stephens and Leslie Martinich will engage you with a fun demonstration of the skills and practices that can make or break a leader-employee interaction.  Take these techniques back to your office, and everyone will have fun while they improve their skills.
Date/Time 21-May-2015
6:00 to 6:20 pm - Networking
6:20 to 6:30 pm - Introduction
6:30 to 7:30 pm - Presentation
7:30 to 8:00 pm - Networking
Location AT&T Labs Room Number: #220
9505 Arboretum
Austin, Texas
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Registration  https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/34490
Notes This is a joint meeting between Austin ComSoc/SP, Austin Computer Society, TEMS, WIE and Education Soc

Contact Leslie Martinich (lmartinich@ieee.org) for more information about WIE.

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